Sri Lanka requires more computing professionals to cope up with the rapidly developing technological advances in industry. Today,controlling almost every equipment demands computing experts with various skills in different domains in addition to coding skills. With such a computing workforcein demand, existing industries could prosper with technological advances in the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
The University of Colombo with a proud history of over hundred years,decided to establish the Faculty of Technology, to address the above workforce demand. The Faculty of Technology was established in January 2017with the approval of the University Grant Commission and upon the publication of Gazette Extraordinary (No. 2002/32 Order under Section 27(1), the Universities Act, No. 16 of 1978) by the Ministry of Higher Education and Highways of Sri Lanka.Faculty of Technology consists of four academic departments offering practical oriented, bachelor’s degree programs. The department of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) was established to cater ever increasing demand for computing professionals for the ICT industry by introducing a Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology (BICT) degree program.
The Department of Information and Communication Technology will be developed into a centre for excellence, providing opportunities for innovation and research, with well-equipped laboratories and dedicated faculty with an internationally recognised course syllabus.The department takes great pride in preparing the students for the industrial demands of software and hardware that is required for various sectors with a curriculum covering the topics and concepts that are required to design, implement, and manage a variety of computer-based solutions.
Furthermore, the graduates produced under this programme would not only be given sufficient additional knowledge on complementary subjects but also be given an industrial training to work as a professional ICT expert with leadership and management skills. The main objectives, expected graduate attributes and programme outcomes are maintained in all four years of the program of study.
The prospective undergraduates who will be enrolling in this study program areselected through the newly introduced Technology Stream of the G.C.E. Advanced Level (A/L) examination.
The BICT degree is a four (4) year, 120 credit study program and students get an opportunity to work in the industry for one semester through the internship/ industry training in the 4th year. The medium of instruction and examinations is English.